Work Behind the Scenes


An old Church is no different than an old house in that it requires constant maintenance to keep it looking good.  I really like the way one of our subcontractors put it: “… after the first 100 years, things start to wear out…”  We’re far past the first 100 years, so keeping up is nearly a full-time job.


Our current big project is the restoration of three of the stained-glass windows.  Someone noticed the sash on one of the windows hanging down and it turned out to be a small indicator of a big problem.  Not only were the wood frames in bad condition, the glass itself was in need of repair.  As these windows age, the lead weakens and changes in temperature cause them to bow.  As they bow, the glass breaks, and it continues to worsen until repaired.  We’re restoring the windows that were the worst, though all of our windows will eventually need restoration.


Here are some photos of the work in progress:


This is one of the transom windows after removal from its frame.

stained glass before


A tracing is made of the window that shows all of the pieces so that it may be put back together.


 stained glass during

New lead is used to rebuild the window so that it looks like new!


 stained glass after1

Then, the completed window is put back into a new frame, ready to be installed.


 stained glass after2



All three transom windows are finished and work is now in progress on the lower part of the windows.  As you can see, it’s a LOT of work!


Your church leaders are careful when considering both large and small projects, trying to stay within our budget and resources.  An example of that is the church basement.  Water seeps into the front right corner of the basement when it rains hard.  Most of the time it’s just annoying, making the carpet wet and the area smell bad.  Replacing the gutter drain a few years ago helped but did not eliminate the problem, so we plan to install a sump pump in the area.  New carpet in the basement (sorry – the stains have to go!) will follow.  Since it’s a $6000 - $8000 project and not currently causing damage, we elected to wait until next year to pursue it.


You’ll be happy to know that we will be going ahead with rebuilding the front corner planter now, since we decided not to dig up around the outside wall to fix the water problem but instead to put a sump pump inside.  The new planter/retaining wall will not be as high and we hope to enjoy it for many years to come.

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